Chapter 12: Windows 8.1 and Windows Live


Understanding Windows Live

Uploading files to SkyDrive

Using Office web apps

Windows Live is a web-based portal you can use to communicate and collaborate with others using Office web apps and shared files in SkyDrive. SkyDrive, which was introduced in 2007, has undergone multiple revisions and enhancements, is now fully integrated with Windows 8.1.

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With a free account to Windows Live, you have access to free online versions of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. You also have a minimum of 7GB of free storage space using the SkyDrive service. This chapter shows you how to set up a Live account, use Office web apps, and upload files to SkyDrive.

Windows Live

Windows Live is an online, web-based portal (also known as the “cloud”) for storing files that you want to access from the cloud. Windows Live is free and is hosted by Microsoft. Here are some of the Windows Live features available to users:

  • Outlook: Free e-mail from Microsoft.
  • SkyDrive: 7GB of free file storage.
  • Office web apps: Access to online versions of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Calendar: For setting schedules, event reminders, and to-do lists. You can share your calendar with other users.
  • Contacts: Where you can use Microsoft ...

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